Who will save Earth? Scientists and the military have only recently awakened to the notion that impacts with Earth do still happen.
"Planetary Defense”, reviews current efforts to save Earth from catastrophic impacts by asteroids and comets. Features leading scientists, military officials and futurists; including Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Freeman Dyson, David H. Levy and many more. Available on DVD.
"Planetary Defense" meets with both the scientific and military communities to study our options to mitigate an impact with Earth from large meteors, asteroids and comets, collectively known as NEO's (Near Earth Objects). “Civilization is ill prepared for the inevitable. It's not if an impact will happen with the Earth, it's when!”
""It's fascinating - you have done an excellent job in blending the scientific, technological, political and military aspects of NEO threats. I cannot agree with you more that it's not if; it's just a matter of when!
Without exaggeration, I can say this is one of the most important documentaries made. You may quote me on this." -Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Author, "2001: A Space Odyssey"
“Your production is the best there is regarding NEOs, the threat of impact, and what might be done about it.“ -Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut; Chairman, ASE-NEO Committee; Chairman B-612 Foundation
"A brilliant, original and creative look at the danger Earth faces from space." -David H. Levy, Jarnac Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, May 23, 2007
“No matter where the next big impact occurs, we’re all in big trouble!” -Duncan Steel (Space Researcher, Author)
“Planetary Defense” - nominated ‘Best Picture’ for a 'Sir Arthur Clarke' Award (The British 'Oscars®' for Space Achievements) alongside Ron Howard's ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’. Fellow nominees include Stephen Hawking and Sir Richard Branson.
Planetary Defense features:
David Morrison (NASA AMES) Duncan Steel (Space Researcher, Author) Brigadier General Simon P. Worden (USAF, Retired) Donald K. Yeomans (NASA Manager, JPL NEO Program) Clark R. Chapman (SwRI) Daniel Scheeres (University of Michigan) Michael F. A’Hearn (Deep Impact, Principal Investigator, University of Maryland) Steven Ostro (JPL, Radar Research) Grant Stokes (LINEAR) Alan W. Harris (German Aerospace Centre, DLR, Berlin) Alan W. Harris (SSI) Robert J. Whiteley (University of Arizona) Richard Binzel (MIT) Michael Belton (BSEI, Belton Space Exploration Initiatives) William Bottke (SwRI, Senior Research Scientist)
Special Guests Include:
Sir Arthur C. Clarke (Author, "2001: A Space Odyssey") Freeman J. Dyson (Physicist Emeritus, Princeton) David H. Levy (Co-Disoverer of 'Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9' which impacted with Jupiter in 1994) Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9 astronaut, Chairman ASE Committee on NEO's)
Television Broadcasts (to date):
1. "Planetary Defense" has just had it's World Premiere on United Nations TV in New York City and via the United Nations web cast to the rest of the world.
2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, the 50th Session of the UN Committee of the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the 40th anniversary of the UN's Outer Space Treaty. 2007 was also declared International Geophysical Year.
The UN's decision to broadcast and web cast "Planetary Defense" was intended to help celebrate these special anniversaries and reflects the global nature of the NEO collision hazard.
2. Planetary Defense had it's Canadian premiere on CFCF-TV (the CTV Network) in Montreal, Quebec. It premiered on June 24, 2009 in Montreal.